On a recent photo hike to a local waterfall, one of my fellow hikers stumbled upon a dragonfly. Instantly, I smiled as I realized that my macro lens was about to be put to good use. Normally, the dragonflies are moving that fast, that you rarely get a chance to truly photograph it. The fastest recorded speed for a dragonfly is 36 miles per hour! This one was lethargic and barely moved. I never complained, I just started shooting. The closer I got the more I smiled. It was truly a nature photo shoot for the books!

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The wings were wrinkled… a clue we missed that day… for we had stumbled upon a recently emerged out of its larva skin creature. A true find for us!

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I even moved the rocks around it to get some nicer angles.

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Its lime green color was opaque and neon… We even discussed how we rarely seen this color before. It was not the iridescent, metallic colors we normally see.

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Did you know that a dragonfly’s eye has 30,000 lenses?

I tried to identify it and the close I could come was it was in the Emerald family.

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Who knew that there are 5000+ varieties of dragon flies!

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I hope you enjoyed my photo shoot with a very special model.

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It was a Macro escape into the hidden world!